'Sons of Anarchy' star Johnny Lewis refused treatment before death
Jonathan Mandel, who represented Lewis after two separate 2012 arrests, tells E! News that he wanted his client to undergo treatment, but Lewis refused.
"I did recommend in both of his cases that he get a treatment option," Mandel tells E!. "He clearly had delusions."
Instead, Lewis declined the plea deals that Mandel had negotiated (they included treatment) and represented himself. "It was his decision," Mandel says of his former client's choice not to accept treatment. "He wanted door No. 2 and I couldn't control it."
Sadly, Mandel says Lewis' family, and especially his father, had been trying everything they could to help their son. "My concern is with the family right now," Mandel tells E!. "They were very loving and tenacious with him. They were loving and supportive in a very difficult situation. I have nothing but deep respect for his family, especially his father. They tried to work to solve the problem."
Lewis is best known for his two-season run on FX's "Sons of Anarchy" and a nine-episode stint on "The O.C."